FIFA wants to double number of women footballers

first_img0Shares0000Rising daughters: Japan won the under-20 World Cup this summer and FIFA wants the future of the women’s game to be brighter © AFP / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Oct 10 – FIFA, the governing body of world football, wants to double the number of women players, saying on Wednesday that it has set out “concrete projects” to achieve that goal.FIFA is aiming for 60 million women footballers worldwide by 2026, while professionalising clubs and national leagues. “The three overriding objectives that we have are: increasing participation, enhancing the commercial value and building the foundations,” Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Woman Football Officer, told AFP.She said one aim is “developing the coaches, the referees, the administration, the people who are around the women’s game in order that everything we do can be sustainable and have a strong structure.”She said FIFA wanted change off the field as well, “bringing more women into the decision making body.”She said that increasing revenue was an important part of the strategy.“If we are really able to commercialise women’s football, that will help us a lot in terms of overcoming some of this resources that exist within the structure of the women’s game.”Asked about the budget and staff dedicated to the project, Bareman said: “We are a small team and we are here to provide the expertise and to drive the project,” she said.“The entire organisation of FIFA is responsible for implementing this strategy”She went on to praise FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura and president Gianni Infantino.“Fatma Samoura, our first ever female general secretary, gave me amazing support.”“Gianni Infantino, a father of four daughters, is very big on promoting and developing women’s football”In a video FIFA posted online, Infantino said: “We have to do more, because it’s not enough. We need to turn to the next level, we need to have a strategy to do that”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Revealed! Top nine Prem goal scorers including FOUR LFC and CFC stars, plus Man United, Arsenal, Spurs and City strikers

first_img 9 9 8. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.41 – In 153 games, Sturridge has scored 63 goals for and with his return to full fitness still to come, expect this figure to continue rising. 9 Joint 4th. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.45 – In 413 games, the Red Devils skipper has netted 186 goals. Will England ever see another player like Rooney again? 9 9 9 9. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) has a Premier League goals per game ratio of 0.39, the ninth best in the top flight – to find out which players have the best strike rates in the Premier League, click the arrow above – In 69 Premier League games, the Ivorian has netted 27 goals – with the majority of these finishes coming from his time at Swansea City. 9 3. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.46 – In 95 games, the Belgian has hit the back of the net 44 times. With such a record during his spell in England, can he become a Liverpool great? 9 Daniel Sturridge showed Liverpool supporters what they have been missing for the past 18 months with a brace against Aston Villa at the weekend.Following his two goals, stats revealed that the England international is the most prolific striker for Liverpool in the Premier League era – boasting a better goals per game ratio than former Reds heroes Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Michael Owen.In light of his stunning Anfield record, talkSPORT has unearthed the best Premier League goals per game ratios of current Premier League players, taking into account goals scored for any club (that is, not just those registered with a player’s current side).And with Christian Benteke joining Sturridge in the top nine, Reds supporters should be even more excited at the prospect of an Anfield goal glut, particularly with the latter still yet to return to full fitness.Find out the top nine by clicking the yellow arrow, right, above.All statistics correct up to 28 September 2015 7. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.42 – In 104 games, the Frenchman has hit the back of the net on 44 occasions. Sadly for the striker, Theo Walcott looks to have taken his place as the first choice centre forward. 1. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.66 – In just 32 games, Costa has found the back of the net on 21 occasions. He was sorely missed during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle, but he is yet to find his scoring boots this season. 6. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.43 – In 63 games, Remy has scored 27 goals. With Radamel Falcao having joined Chelsea in the summer, the former QPR and Newcastle United striker’s playing time could dwindle even further, and he’ll struggle to maintain his impressive goals per game ratio. 2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.62 – In 127 goals, the Argentine has scored 79 goals. Despite an uninspired start to the season from Aguero, defenders must surely fear few other strikers. Joint 4th. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – PL goals per game ratio of 0.45 – In 55 games, Kane has scored 25 goals. Despite these impressive stats, his form this season suggests he could quickly fall down this list. 9last_img read more